In case you haven't heard, Surfwatch makes software that prevents access to objectionable sites, used primarily by parents to shield their kids from reality, leading the offspring to enter politics when they grow up. In any event, one of the pages on Socks the cat's virtual tour of the White House contains the word "couples" (as in Bill and Hillary, Al and Tipper). This subversive phrase was deemed too shocking for underage eyes, leading to the blocking of the entire White House site. Saner heads eventually prevailed, once the White House webmaster complained. Is this comedy or tragedy? Despite the absurdity, kudos to SurfWatch, which is, in the greater scheme of things, part of the solution rather than the problem.

Source: Netsurfer Digest Vol 02# 05


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